The Intentions Paper is the mid-way point of developing the Province’s Watershed Security Strategy. The Intentions Paper sets out five policy intentions with strategic themes and examples of how the Strategy may take action to help achieve watershed security. Several of the example actions were co-developed with First Nations, as the Province committed to in the Declaration Act Action Plan.
The five policy intentions are:
- Policy and legislation
- Watershed data and knowledge
- Holistic watershed management
- Water supply and demand
In early 2022, Government had engaged on a discussion paper Indigenous Peoples, key stakeholders, experts, opinion leaders and the public on priority themes that the Watershed Security Strategy may focus on.
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What happens next?
Government is preparing a second “What We Heard” report that will summarize the feedback received on the Intentions Paper. A separate report will also be prepared to summarize feedback through discussions and meetings with Indigenous Peoples.
Feedback on the Intentions Paper will inform the drafting of the final Watershed Security Strategy and Fund.